Love Within the Universe

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Original sounds often come from unexpected stylistic hybrids, and wading through the latest batch of contemporary jazz releases rarely offers much hope in this area. A great exception to this rule is the engaging Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, whose Love Within the Universe defies strict categorization despite its lush stream of embraceable hooks, both original and covers. Though Kawasaki's acoustic and electric dynamism often on the same song is the constant that makes the disc so solid, it's the mesh of styles behind the strings that piques the ears. There's a sly urban feel beneath a Hiroshima-like sense of Eastern exoticism, brassy dance grooves behind a cover of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Original sounds often come from unexpected stylistic hybrids, and wading through the latest batch of contemporary jazz releases rarely offers much hope in this area. A great exception to this rule is the engaging Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, whose Love Within the Universe defies strict categorization despite its lush stream of embraceable hooks, both original and covers. Though Kawasaki's acoustic and electric dynamism often on the same song is the constant that makes the disc so solid, it's the mesh of styles behind the strings that piques the ears. There's a sly urban feel beneath a Hiroshima-like sense of Eastern exoticism, brassy dance grooves behind a cover of Lisa Stansfield's disco hit "Change," a little new age grace, and even an African leaning on Horace Silver's "Song for my Father." Kawasaki holds this together with a George Benson-like electric flair and a tender acoustic passion. There is one element of ethnic overkill, however. The vocal passages mostly by Ilana Iguana are attractive at first, then grow slightly annoying as the guitarist tries to assert himself. Overall, though, this is one of the most engaging surprises of the mid-'90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: One Voice Records
  • UPC: 794787100922
  • Catalog Number: 1009
  • Sales rank: 178,143

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Play That Song Again (5:31)
  2. 2 Kiss of Life (5:41)
  3. 3 Wondering (5:38)
  4. 4 Soleja My Love (5:07)
  5. 5 Time (5:31)
  6. 6 Sea Breeze (5:03)
  7. 7 Night and Day (5:31)
  8. 8 Stefka-Kalimanku (4:37)
  9. 9 Scandalous (7:12)
  10. 10 Song for My Father (5:14)
  11. 11 Change (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryo Kawasaki Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Recorder, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Synthesizer Guitar, Falssetist
Lincoln Goines Electric Bass
Ilana Iguana Vocals, Background Vocals
Stefka Jourdan Vocals
Tane Kawasaki Background Vocals
Katya Kudrov Background Vocals
Pirje Laagus Voices
Paul Lockwood Background Vocals
Bryce Sebastien Electric Bass
Cynthia Sosland Background Vocals
Lincoln Gaines Electric Bass
Scott Elliot Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Residents Composer
Peter Hammill Composer
Prince Arranger
Sade Arranger
Ryo Kawasaki Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Mastering
Hugh Banton Composer
Joey Belladonna Composer
Frank Bello Composer
Charlie Benante Composer
Ian Devaney Arranger
Scott Ian Composer
Kiyoski Itoh Producer
Andy Morris Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Dan Spitz Composer
Kyle West Arranger, Contributor
Joe Werner Composer
Teruhisa Tajima Artwork, Art Direction
Hisao Ebine Executive Producer
Ilana Iguana Vocal Arrangements
Leon Zervos Contributor, Mastering
Stefka Jourdan Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Pirje Laagus Voice Sample
Tony Lovato Composer
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